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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Sep 15, 2012 6:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Terrapin Flyer with Tom Constanten and Bob Bralove

Review of Terrapin Flyer with Tom Constanten at Diamond Pub in Louisville on Aug 9, 2012

Tom Constanten played keyboards with the Grateful Dead during their peak of intensity, 1968-70. He was the special guest of Terrapin Flyer, on August 9 – the anniversary of Jerry Garcia's untimely death in 1995 – at Diamond Pub Concert Hall, the site of the old Jillian's. The band also included guitarist John Zias, who clearly was inspired by, but not a clone of Garcia. Apparently Constanten has had some health issues, but when the group finally began a little after 11, he seemed right at home. The 80-minute first set included the relatively rare "Mountains of the Moon," a delicate piece, which transformed into a roiling jam which, in turn, led to the treat of an exploratory "Dark Star," the Dead's magnum opus. The band played with feeling and a spirit which evoked the good old days. As it was a work night, I left before the second set, but was glad to catch this band on a good night.